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Doctor of Medicine

Overview

Our UQ Doctor of Medicine will provide you with a world-class medical education. You'll gain hands-on experience preparing you to work in any global setting.

We nurture and educate medical graduates who are clinically excellent, team players, kind and compassionate, serve responsibly and dedicated to continual improvement of health among people and communities.

From 2023, we’ll be offering our revisioned Doctor of Medicine (MD) program, designed to build on the enthusiasm, maturity and diversity of our students. It features a streamlined structure that takes an integrated approach to active learning. Across the program you’ll be able to tailor your learning by choosing enrichment opportunities.

You'll join a 'learning community', a clinical home for your ongoing learning through the program.

  • Year 1 focuses on fundamental concepts of medical sciences, clinical, professional and procedural skills, and the role of the doctor.
  • Year 2, learn in clinical practice settings, developing knowledge and skills for medical practice, focusing on symptomatology of common conditions and clinical reasoning. 
  • Year 3, be immersed in hospital and community settings, with structured teaching and clinical learning in the workplace.  

Your final semester is a dedicated Transition to Practice term where you will be an active pre-intern member of a clinical team – this will help you make the safe and effective transition to internship/residency and your ongoing medical career. 

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Location
Clinical Units, Teaching Hosps, St Lucia
Duration
4 Years full-time
Start Semester
Semester 1 (29 Jan, 2024)
Program Code
5740
AQF
Level 9
Location
Clinical Units, Teaching Hosps, St Lucia
Fees
A$91819
Duration
4 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (29 Jan, 2024)
Semester dates for 2025 are yet to be confirmed
Program Code
5740
CRICOS Code
080921G
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Develop the advanced critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills required for safe, high-quality clinical practice.
  • Build your own unique medical degree.
  • Integrated, clinically-contextualised learning with early patient contact.
  • Incorporate research into your medical degree.
  • Accredited by the Australian Medical Council and recognised by the Medical Board of Australia.

32 in the world for life sciences and medicine

QS World University Rankings 2023

39 in the world for public health

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2023

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How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Laboratory work
  • Peer-assisted study sessions
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Foundations of Medicine
  • Developing Skills in Medicine
  • Clinical Immersion
  • Advanced Practice
  • Transition to Practice

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • General practitioner
  • Surgeon
  • Patient assessor
  • Public health manager
  • Clinical academic
  • Clinical research coordinator
  • International aid worker
  • Defence force member

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Medical Board of Queensland

Program accreditation

The Doctor of Medicine is accredited by:

  • Australian Medical Council
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To be eligible for entry, you'll need:

For Provisional entry (you must be completing Year 12 in the year you apply):
UCAT ANZ scores are used to rank applicants for invitation to interview (MMI). Please note ISAT is not accepted. Provisional entry is competitive, based on your ATAR, UCAT ANZ and interview score. If you receive a provisional entry offer, you'll need to complete your first bachelor degree at UQ before you start the MD program. To progress to the MD, you'll also need:
For Graduate entry:
  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) (known as a key degree), and
  • a grade point average (GPA) of 5.0 on a 7-point scale in your key degree, and
  • a minimum score of 50 in each section of the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) or for international applicants 504 in the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and
  • attendance at a multiple mini-interview (MMI), and
  • successful completion of MD subject prerequisite courses.
You'll also need to complete:
  • your key degree within 10 years prior to the year you commence the MD, and
  • the GAMSAT or MCAT within 4 years before the year you commence.

Learn more about the provisional and graduate entry.
For further details about admission and selection requirements, refer to Schedule 3 of the Undergraduate, Doctor of Medicine, Non-Award and CSP Admissions Procedure.
For Provisional entry (you must be completing Year 12 in the year you apply):
UCAT ANZ scores are used to rank applicants for invitation to interview (MMI). Please note ISAT is not accepted. Provisional entry is competitive, based on your ATAR, UCAT ANZ and interview score. If you receive a provisional entry offer, you'll need to complete your first bachelor degree at UQ before you start the MD program. To progress to the MD, you'll also need:
For Graduate entry:
  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) (known as a key degree), and
  • a grade point average (GPA) of 5.0 on a 7-point scale in your key degree, and
  • a minimum score of 50 in each section of the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) or for international applicants 504 in the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and
  • attendance at a multiple mini-interview (MMI), and
  • successful completion of MD subject prerequisite courses.
You'll also need to complete:
  • your key degree within 10 years prior to the year you commence the MD, and
  • the GAMSAT or MCAT within 4 years before the year you commence.

Learn more about the provisional and graduate entry.
For further details about admission and selection requirements, refer to Schedule 3 of the Undergraduate, Doctor of Medicine, Non-Award and CSP Admissions Procedure.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL iBT (including Paper Edition) - Overall 100, listening 25, reading 25, writing 27, speaking 23.

PTE Academic - Overall 72, sub bands minimum 72.

CES - Overall 185, All sub bands minimum 185.

Other OET - A minimum grade of B for each sub skill (L,S,R,W).

BE is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Doctor of Medicine are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Additional application information

Pathways

There are several entry pathways to the MD program for high school and university graduates including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander admission pathway, the Central Queensland - Wide Bay Regional Medical Pathway and the Darling Downs - South West Medical Pathway.

Learn more about our entry pathways.

Inclusive Medical Education Guidelines
The Medical School fosters a culture of inclusivity and the provision of equivalent opportunities to access an education in medicine. Enabling effective inclusion requires a collaborative effort by you and the Medical School. We ask that you read the Medical Deans Inclusive Medical Education Guidelines and report identified likely barriers to participation by emailing the Academic Guidance staff (med.academicguidance@uq.edu.au).

Additional application information

Inclusive Medical Education Guidelines
The Medical School fosters a culture of inclusivity and the provision of equivalent opportunities to access an education in medicine. Enabling effective inclusion requires a collaborative effort by you and the Medical School. We ask that you read the https://medicaldeans.org.au/md/2021/04/Inclusive-Medical-Education-Guidance-on-medical-program-applicants-and-students-with-a-disability-Apr-2021-1.pdf<34>>Medical Deans Inclusive Medical Education Guidelines and report identified likely barriers to participation by emailing the Academic Guidance staff mailto:med.academicguidance@uq.edu.au<34>>(med.academicguidance@uq.edu.au).

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

Approximate yearly cost of tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

$12,720

2024

$12,720

2024

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Approximate yearly cost of full-time tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

AUD $91,819

2024

AUD $91,819

2024

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Additional costs

  • Students are expected to fund travel and living expenses associated with placements, some of which may be outside the Brisbane metropolitan area.
  • First Aid Certificate (including CPR) (approximately $130 renewed every 3 years)

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Doctor of Medicine are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

You may be eligible for more than 100 scholarships, including:

How to apply

Applying online

How you apply depends on what type of applicant you are.

Provisional Entry applicants

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian Year 12 (either in Australia or offshore) or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate in Australia. 

The QTAC code for the Doctor of Medicine is 721302.

All other international applicants who want to be considered for Provisional Entry should apply to UQ. The program code for the Doctor of Medicine is 5740.

Learn more about applying for the Doctor of Medicine

Graduate Entry applicants

Submit your application to UQ. The program code for the Doctor of Medicine is 5740.

Learn more about applying for the Doctor of Medicine

Applying online

How you apply depends on what type of applicant you are. 

Provisional Entry applicants

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). 

There are two QTAC codes for Provisional Entry:

  • 721302 (non-bonded medical place) and
  • 721402 (bonded medical place).

You can use one or both QTAC codes when you apply.

Learn more about applying for the Doctor of Medicine

Medical pathways
Central Queensland University (CQU)

To apply for the Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathway to Medicine), offered at CQU's Rockhampton and Bundaberg campuses before transitioning to UQ's MD program, apply via CQU.

University of Southern Queensland (UniSQ)

To apply for the Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Medicine Pathway), offered at UniSQ's Toowoomba campus before transitioning to UQ's MD program, apply via UniSQ.

Graduate Entry applicants

Submit your application to the Graduate Entry Medical School Admissions System (GEMSAS).

Learn more about applying for the Doctor of Medicine

Important dates

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • Please refer to the GEMSAS website for application dates.
  • Please refer to the QTAC website (www.qtac.edu.au) for details of closing dates for the submission of applications, documentation and changes of preference.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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